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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Christmas Trivia

1.) Santa Claus has 8 original reindeer: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donder and Blitzen. Rudolph was only introduced to the public through a booklet during 1939. Thus, he is not included in the popular Yuletide poem, “the Night Before Christmas”

2.) The most popular song Christmas song of the past decade, and one of the best-selling Christmas songs of all time, “All I Want for Xmas Is You” is actually not a cover song. Mariah Carey wrote it together with Walter Affaneseiff and was released as part of her first Christmas album entitled “Merry Christmas” on 1994. This makes it one of the few modern inclusions in the long line of traditional Xmas carols.

3.) The song Jingle Bells wasn't originally made for Xmas. It was created as a theme for a children's thanksgiving show and its original title was “One Horse Open Sleigh”. In fact, there is no mention of Christmas in the song.

4.) Germans were the first to make artificial Xmas trees. They used goose feathers that were dyed green.

5.) The top 5 Christmas songs (in no particular order) are: The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire), Santa Claus Is Coming To Town, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, Winter Wonderland and White Christmas. This is based on sales of recorded version of the track.

6.) The Top Three Best Selling Christmas albums of all time are Kenny G’s “Miracles”, Celine Dion’s “These Are Special Times”, and Mariah Carey’s “Merry Christmas”.

7.) If you receive all the gifts in the song 12 days of Xmas, you would end up with 364 gifts. One for each day of the year!

8.) The best selling Christmas song of all time is Bing Crosby's “White Christmas”. “White Christmas” is also the most recorded Christmas song. It has more than 500 recorded versions.

9.) The number one song last Xmas was Empire State of Mind by Alicia Keys and Jay Z.

10.) Music industry experts predict that this year’s Christmas Day number one song would be either Katy Perry’s “Firework”, or Pink’s festive track “Raise Your Glass”.

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